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April 23, 2011

Missouri Department of Insurance offers online resources for St. Louis tornado victims

Contact information for major insurers, tips for homeowners

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Insurance has posted resources on its website for consumers with damage from the Friday night tornado that swept through the St. Louis area. Information includes:

Insurance Director John M. Huff and other department officials have been in contact with senior leadership from Missouri insurance companies since the storm struck.

"According to our reports, insurers began making claims payments to homeowners early Saturday morning," said Huff. "One insurer has already reported more than 300 claims, and we'll be monitoring the situation to ensure consumers are receiving the benefits their insurance policies provide."

Huff says most of the claims paid so far are for temporary living arrangements for consumers with homes left uninhabitable by the storm.

The department says if you have storm damage, the key is to act quickly:

Consumers can file complaints with the Department of Insurance at insurance.mo.gov, or starting Monday by calling the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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